Warriors take two from FMU softball

Warriors take two from FMU softball

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University stranded 10 base runners, including the bases loaded twice, allowing Southern Wesleyan University to escape with a 1-0 win and a sweep of Saturday's (Feb. 6) non-conference softball doubleheader.  The Warriors won game one of the twinbill 6-4 behind three hits and two RBIs from third baseman Lizzie Fela.

Francis Marion (0-2) will travel to the University of Mount Olive on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. twinbill.  The next home date for the Patriots will be Saturday (Feb. 13) for a noon doubleheader against Mars Hill University.

In Saturday's second game, Southern Wesleyan scored the only run on a bases-loaded walk issued to shortstop Allison Barbee.

Francis Marion stranded three base runners in both the second and fourth frames, and left the tying runner on third base in the bottom of the seventh with the final out.

Junior left fielder Briana Barzola led the Patriots at the plate with two hits and a walk in four plate appearances.  Senior right-hander Shelby Kelley (0-1) took the hard-luck loss.  She surrendered only four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

In the opener, FMU took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third.  Freshman catcher Chelsea Welty drilled a two-run homer and junior second baseman Taylor Brunson stroked a run-scoring single.

Southern Wesleyan answered with four runs in the fifth and two in the seventh to take a 6-3 advantage.  The Patriots tallied one run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by junior right fielder Kaylee Childers, but stranded the potential tying runs on base.

Both Welty and junior center fielder Mikala Barnhart delivered two hits apiece for the Patriots in game one.  Sophomore right-hander Samantha Wroblewski (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings of work.

Sophomore right-hander Lucy Wolff (1-0) pitched game one for Southern Wesleyan and Hunter Hoskins (1-1) tossed game two as the Warriors evened their season record at 2-2.


Southern Wesleyan U. 6, Francis Marion Univ. 4 (Feb 06, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Southern Wesleyan U. 000 040 2 -  6  8  3      (1-2)
Francis Marion Univ. 003 000 1 -  4  8  4      (0-1)
Pitchers: Southern Wesleyan U. - Lucy Wolff and Shelby Stroud. Francis Marion Univ. -
Samantha Wroblewski; Shelby Kelley(7) and Chelsea Welty; Mykah Nevin.
Win-Lucy Wolff(1-0)  Loss-Samantha Wroblewski(0-1)  T-2:00
HR FMU_SB - Chelsea Welty.
Weather: Hazy, 54 degrees
Wroblewski faced 2 batters in the 7th.

Southern Wesleyan U. 1, Francis Marion Univ. 0 (Feb 06, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Southern Wesleyan U. 001 000 0 -  1  4  1      (2-2)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 000 0 -  0  7  0      (0-2)
Pitchers: Southern Wesleyan U. - Hunter Hoskins and Shelby Stroud. Francis Marion Univ. -
Shelby Kelley and Mykah Nevin.
Win-Hunter Hoskins(1-1)  Loss-Shelby Kelley(0-1)  T-1:30  A-125